Monday, November 30, 2015

the challenge #53

My time flies when you're having fun! It seems like mere days since my first guest designing post at 'the challenge' ...and here we are, five weeks later!  I had a blast! Thanks again for the invitation Kim.

This week we are encouraged to make a non-traditional Christmas card with this inspirational photo:

The trees are a Silhouette file, the "Happy" die...I honestly don't know!

I decided to use a bright (quite florescent IRL) color with a sentiment that would hint at a birthday wish until you open the card and find the word "Christmas"....which 'splains the Christmas trees on the front. 

Here's another version using the same images - this time with a bit of aqua glimmer paper and a wee snowbank. 

I hope you find time to get creative and share your projects with us this week at  'the challenge'

Happy crafting :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

the challenge #52

Challenge #52 photo is loaded with inspiration!  My mind went in a kazillion different directions (four other cards sitting on my craft desk are proof of that!). Quite obvious that I focused on the Ho-Ho-Ho and the red & green colors!

A clean, simple and quick card to make thanks to a Silhouette cut file! The letters are inlaid, matted with a softly vibrant green mat (looks amazing in real life), popped up with some foam tape and done like dinner!

I hope that you will find some time this week to join us at 'the challenge'! Check out the past challenges - they boast an incredible display of creativity and be prepared to have your holiday card making mojo roaring into gear!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

the challenge #51, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Holiday Style

Hey there crafters! Today's card is doing double duty as my Guest Designer card for the challenge #51 and my homework project for the current Holiday Style Online Card Class - Cute Christmas cards.

Take a peek at this "sweet" inspiration photo. Hot Chocolate & marshmallows....yummy!
Look really, REALLY, REALLY close in the bottom right hand corner and you will see a 'corrugated' looking piece of something (table linen perhaps ?)  I dug out my nine million year old paper crimp-er (Darnell...I found it in the box with the brass stencils) and crimped the center panel. The mittens are a MFT die, the snowflakes from a MS punch (also nine million years old).

Tons of inspiration to be had over at the challenge. See you in the gallery!

I'm also linking up to SSS Wednesday Challenge. Christmas!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Happy crafting!

BTW...our old cat Kiwi is responsible  for the stray cat hair in the top right corner of the photo!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

THE CHALLENGE #50 & Holiday Style Student Gallery

For your inspiration:

Welcome back for another round of fun and another awesome inspiration photo at The Challenge! It was a pleasure visiting your blogs and seeing all your crafty creations. I can hardly wait to see how you've been inspired by this week's color combo!

I must admit, the silver had me stumped. Hence, the single silver dot in the center of the snowflake! I used the new SU shimmer paper, which is gorgeous in real life but DOES NOT play nicely with the camera. I will try an outside photo tomorrow with the hope of capturing a nice, uniform color. "Joy" is a Silhouette cut file, SU Crumb Cake (Kraft) and a MFT (?) snowflake die.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery at The Challenge.

I'm also BEYOND thrilled to have won (thanks Laurie) a spot in the Holiday Style on line card classes hosted by the amazingly talented Julie Ebersole and Kristina Werner. Click on the link if you would like to join in the fun! From what I see, it's going to be amazing!

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Happy Monday crafters! I'm thrilled to bits to have been asked to guest design at The Challenge for the month of October!  Kim  & Leslie - thank you so much for this fun opportunity! 
So now, let's get crafting with this week's delightful inspiration photo:

Yep...layers! This definitely has the 'challenge' part happening for me and my usual CAS style! I created the chevron background using a chevron die, a hand cut banner and a Silhouette sentiment. 

"YO!" seemed to fit with this bold design/color combo and will work for several occasions...birthday, hello, feel better soon....
I can hardly wait to see all the amazing creations that the DT and the players will be sharing during the next few weeks!
See you in the gallery :)

Happy crafting!